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Explore the wide open spaces of the South West and Channel Country backroads on this dedicated small group tour.
Day 1: Tuesday - Brisbane to Mitchell
Board your REX Aircraft in Brisbane for a 1 hr 15 minute flight to Roma. Enjoy a relaxed nonstop flight in a SAAB340 turbo-props aircraft (maximum 36 passengers) complete with inflight service. Get a birds-eye view of the lush Darling Downs agricultural region before heading west to big sky country. You will be welcomed on arrival in Roma by your Savannah Guides Operator driver. Feel the energy and excitement of a real cattle auction at Australia’s biggest cattle selling facility, Roma Saleyards. Join a personal tour by retired graziers of the facility where up to 7,000 head of cattle are brought for sale. Learn the important contribution made by the true grit pioneers of our oil and gas industry on a guided tour of The Big Rig. Following lunch we drive west to Mitchell, home of the Great Artesian Spa, a unique experience drawing on the waters from the Great Artesian Basin (bring your togs). Enjoy a welcome dinner at this relaxed venue. Overnight Mitchell Motel, Mitchell
Day 2: Wednesday - Charleville
Board the famous Westlander this morning on a rail journey through Queensland’s western frontier. Unwind, as you sit back, relax and drink in the incredible open plains and landscapes of South West Outback Queensland. Your driver will meet you at Charleville Railway Station just in time for lunch and a tour at the historic Hotel Corones. Built in stages, the hotel was completed in 1929 at a cost of £50,000 during Charleville’s wool industry boom. With its jazz hall, embossed plaster ceilings and en suite bathrooms, it was considered an oasis for graziers, wool-buyers and commercial travellers.
On a tour of the Charleville Bilby Experience, see some super cute bilbies during their night-time activities in their nocturnal house. Learn about the amazing efforts made by this group of passionate volunteers to save the Bilby from extinction. Tonight, see the incredible night sky brought into focus with the help of powerful Meade telescopes at the Cosmos Centre. Their experienced sky guide will enthral you with stories of the Cosmos. Overnight Mulga Country Motor Inn, Charleville
Day 3: Thursday - Quilpie
En route to the Channel Country and Quilpie this morning, we’ll pass through Cooladdi, one of the smallest towns in Australia to retain its own postcode. Discover the history and unique landscapes of Quilpie town on a locally guided tour with a 5th generation pioneering family member. This afternoon we’ll visit The Lake, Quilpie. Native birds flock to this lush oasis, taking pride-of-place on a 2,500 acre property and Kalahari goat stud that was originally surveyed in the late 1800s. Your host Dan Hoch will board your coach at the station entrance for a guided tour of their property followed by sunset drinks beside the picturesque Lake Houdraman. Dinner tonight will be at your accommodation. 2 nights Quilpie Motor Inn, Quilpie
Day 4: Friday - Quilpie & Eromanga
Today we’ll drive around one hour to Eromanga, the furthest town from the sea. At the Eromanga Natural History Museum, you’ll see skeletal remains from one of the largest animals to have walked the earth. Join a guided tour of the workshop, laboratory and collection centre and meet giant titanosaur sauropods Cooper and George. You’ll also see the incredible Eulo megafauna fossils. While in town we’ll visit the Living History Centre and see one of Australia’s iconic outback pubs, the Eromanga Royal Hotel est. 1885. Once a Cobb and Co staging post the hotel was built from locally-made mud bricks. We return to Quilpie late afternoon.
Tonight, take your seat on the expansive green space in front of the supersized outdoor screen for the brand new Quilpeta Night Show. You’ll be guided through an interactive journey of the story of Quilpie stepping back some 95 million years ago. Learn about the Quilpie’s First Nation Maranganji people, the colourful Boulder Opal story and early pastoral settlements. Dinner tonight will be at your accommodation.
Day 5: Saturday - Longreach
Get ready for some backroad adventure touring today as we skirt a popular section of the Barcoo Way adventure drive. This is an incredibly scenic drive along some sections of sealed and unsealed roads. See Boomerang Waterhole at Welford National Park with its golden-green spinifex, white-barked ghost gums and red sand dune landscapes. On the way to Yaraka, we travel along an old bush track to the ruins of Magee’s Shanty. Legend has it that Banjo Patterson wrote his iconic poem ‘A Bush Christening’ about an event that happened at this very site. Once part of the giant Milo sheep station, Yaraka was well known for its wool production. It’s also the ‘end of the line’ for the planned but not completed Great Western Railway. After lunch at the Yaraka Hotel we’ll drive to nearby Mount Slowcombe lookout. This place just oozes awesomeness from every angle of its 360 degree vista.
Travelling east towards Isisford, we’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the Yang Yang Ranges. Isisford lays claim to a 98 million year old crocodile. It’s official name is ‘Isisfordia duncani’ and you’ll see a replica of this beauty at The Outer Barcoo Interpretation Centre. Banjo Paterson spent much time at Isisford and the environment provided inspiration for some of his work including Clancy of the Overflow and A Bush Christening. Late afternoon we’ll arrive in Longreach. Dinner tonight will be at Harry’s Restaurant. 2 nights Saltbush Retreat – Outback Cabins, Longreach
Day 6: Sunday - Longreach
Today’s activities will include three top Longreach experiences. Spend an idyllic morning on the Thomson River aboard the Longreach Explorer. This beautiful waterway is part of the Lake Eyre Basin and is one of the healthiest eco systems on the planet. Incredibly, it has a water catchment half the size of Victoria! Explore the fascinating themed galleries of the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and wander the world-class Qantas Founders Museum, eloquently telling the story of the founding of Qantas. This evening for our Farewell Dinner, settle back under the stars at Smithy’s Outback Dinner and Show. Enjoy full table-service as you tuck into a delicious two-course camp oven themed dinner followed by freshly baked damper and billy tea. Their talented outback performer will entertain you with songs and stories – an experience that is bound to be a highlight of your Outback holiday.
Day 7: Monday - Longreach to Brisbane
Wake up to your last outback sunrise and a tasty breakfast before checking out of your accommodation. Your outback adventure will conclude after breakfast this morning with a transfer to either Longreach Railway Station or Longreach Airport.
Prices (per person)
|7 Day Roma - Longreach (CCD7A)||$3,899*||$4,459*|
|7 Day Brisbane - Brisbane (CCD7B) with return airfares||$4,399*||$4,959*|
|8 Day Brisbane - Brisbane (CCD8D) with ow air Brisbane to Roma + ow rail Longreach to Brisbane||$4,458*|
Available on 28 Jun 2022 departure only
Available on 28 June 2022 departure only
Minimum tour numbers apply. Itinerary subject to change.
*Included Economy Airfares with REX and QantasLink are subject to carrier conditions of travel and may be subject to fluctuation. Rail travel on the Westlander daylight rail service is in Economy class seating.
Prices do not include: travel insurance; meals not specified in the itinerary; drinks; laundry; optional activities; and items of a personal nature.
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